Robert Freeman of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies discusses President-elect Trump's choice of Elaine Chao to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation. The choice is s generating widespread praise, foretelling a smooth confirmation process and sending a strong signal that Trump plans to make good on his campaign promise to advance a sweeping infrastructure investment plan within his first 100 days in office.
The selection of Chao, the former U.S. Department of Labor secretary under President George W. Bush and former DOT deputy secretary under President George H.W. Bush, on Tuesday was widely interpreted as a sign that Trump will press forward with his ambitious $1 trillion, 10-year proposal to shore up the nation's aging roads, bridges, highways and airports, and pursue other job-boosting initiatives.
Experts say the president-elect's choice of a seasoned federal administrator and nonprofit executive with serious conservative credentials to steer the DOT bodes well for negotiations on the Hill to substantially bolster investments to establish a more robust national transportation system.
"I think she's absolutely qualified for the task that is really at hand, and that is shepherding a big part of the president-elect's infrastructure investment plan," Robert Freeman told Law360. "She has a strong background in transportation, both personally and professionally, that's needed to shepherd that plan through to enactment and then executed. I don't think there could be a better choice."
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